We at Haltian are happy to share the news of appointing Tapio Arimo as our Chief Financial officer (CFO). The appointment is a natural next step in Haltian’s international growth plan, as Tapio brings his vast experience and knowledge from international business growth and finance to Haltian.
We interviewed Tapio Arimo to learn where he has come from and what he sees in the future for Haltian.
Strong background in international business
Tapio began his career working in an investment bank in London for three years. Then, Tapio began his 15-year journey at Nokia in several financial positions in different departments.
“During my time at Nokia, I got to do a lot of different things working in different projects” Tapio says. “There will definitely be some familiar names and faces at Haltian as well, given their strong Nokia background.”
During his time at Nokia Tapio went on international assignments twice, first to Silicon Valley in 2002-2003 as part of Nokia’s mergers and acquisitions team and then again as he went to work on Nokia Lumia devices in San Diego in 2012. In 2014 Tapio returned to Finland to work as Head of Channel Operations for Microsoft Mobile , which had acquired Nokia’s handset business earlier.
After that Tapio worked for 4 years as CFO for Kamux Oyj which was a private equity owned company and went public on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in 2017 and most recently Tapio served as CFO for Purmo Group Oyj, a business owned by Rettig Group.
IoT has endless potential
For Tapio, returning now to the world of technology feels exciting.
“I’m especially interested in the world of IoT. It’s a huge, growing business with endless potential.” Tapio says. “That is why joining Haltian was an easy decision for me when I got to know what Haltian is working on with IoT and with the Empathic Building”, he continues.
Tapio believes that his financial experience in companies of different sizes will be an asset for Haltian. “Haltian has a strong thrive to grow. What I will bring to the table, is my understanding of the international market, and what it takes for a business to grow on a large scale.” He says.
Haltian CEO Pasi Leipälä agrees: “Tapio has vast experience as the financial lead in larger companies, and it’s exactly the kind of knowledge we want in our team.” Leipälä says. “With Tapio as our CFO, we will continue to build Haltian business to an international level”.
Growing Haltian’s financial team is the natural next step as Haltian has moved from the startup phase into a growth company. “We have strengthened our team with several world-class experts as our business has grown, and a financial lead is a part of that process”. Pasi Leipälä says.
Education: Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration; A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University; Harvard Business School, Program for Leadership Development
Jobs: 3 years at Goldman Sachs, 15 years at Nokia Corporation / Microsoft Mobile,4 years as CFO at Kamux Oyj, 1 year as CFO at Purmo Group Oyj
Looking forward to joining Haltian and helping its international growth
Free time: Spending time with family, and various sports including all kinds of racquet games and skiing in the winter.